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I’ve always wanted the life of my dreams to come quickly…when I see something that I like and desire to have it, I want it NOW dammit!!  This is how I’ve shown up in much of my life.  Patience has been one of those muscles I’ve had to learn to strengthen and develop through the years.  And let me tell ya…it hasn’t always been easy.  However, life presents countless opportunities to flex and tone this muscle and this is exactly what I want to share with you today.

Building spiritual muscles is very much like building physical muscles.  You’ve got to show up and engage in a practice day after day.  When you first get started and feel your muscles burning you may want to give up and give in.  Then there are times you don’t even want to go to the gym or yoga class or for a run; however, you know how good you’ll feel once you work your body out, burn some calories and strengthen your core.  At times your muscles will burn, you might feel tired and want to give up and sometimes you might even feel like throwing up!  But you keep at it because you know what’s on the other side.  It’s like that Bikram yoga pose you used to dread engaging in during class, and then one day you discover, after having attended classes week after week, that you actually look forward to the pose you once despised, because it comes more easily to you now.

 


When you’re building your spiritual muscles you engage in a very similar process.

As iIve been cultivating trust, patience, compassion, peacefulness and other spiritual muscles, I’ve had to make  a conscious choice to suit up and show up daily to practice and build these new muscles.  The same goes for deepening into my meditation practice, developing mindfulness awareness, self-love and stepping into radical self responsibility in order to co~create the life I truly desire to live, and to be the person that I know I can be.  No matter how much it burns, hurts, how tired I feel or frustrated that I feel like I’m not getting it or getting to it, very much like that yoga pose I used to dread, the more I continue practicing it, the more natural it becomes, and the more I get it, the more enjoyable and easeful the process is for me…

Now I know what is on the other side of the work: a deep sense of peace and an abundance of gratitude that I’ve invested in a lifetime membership to an evolutionary transformational gym where I get to discover and build muscles I never knew I had and continue to build and strengthen my spiritual muscles, which in turn gives me more empowered, expansive and enjoyable life experiences!  Plus, there is more space for magic, synchronicity and miracles in my day to day life 🙂

I’d love to hear about the spiritual muscles you are building!  What are some of your challenges?  What is working for you?  I look forward to responding to your comments!

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